Coach, rail and self-drive theatre breaks including show and hotel
Theatre: Queen's Theatre, 51 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6BA
Matinees: Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm
Evenings: Mondays to Saturdays at 7.30pm
The performance lasts approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes, including an interval.
There are a variety of themes that are explored throughout Les Miserables, although implicit, some may feel that this is not suitable for a young audience. The show contains very few swear words, no nudity, a kiss between two of the leading characters and some scenes of death but nothing that is graphic. It is really down to the parents to consider whether this show is suitable for their children or not.
Les Miserables Musical is without a doubt one of the most popular theatre shows of all time and one that continues to keep breaking box office records. In 2010, Les Miserables celebrated its 25th Anniversary and to mark the occasion had three versions of the popular musical performed at the same time in the same city – a mammoth task successfully accomplished. The show, now its 28th year, has been seen by nearly 70 million people in musical productions performed across the world.
Les Miserables is a rather depressing tale to tell set against the backdrop of France in the 19th Century during the build-up to the French Revolution. Follow in the footsteps of the show's main character, Jean Valjean, an ex-convict, who after serving 19 years for committing a small crime of stealing food to feed his starving family is finally released on parole and decides to start his life again, assuming a new identity as Monsieur Madeleine.
Unfortunately though for decades he is hunted by a ruthless policeman called Javert who is determined to punish Jean Valjean for his crimes. Jean Valjean finds faith in religion and transforms into a new man opening a factory. Chaotic scenes in the factory lead to one of the girls, Fantine, being thrown out onto the streets unable to provide for her daughter who is being cared for by the Innkeeper and his wife. Unbeknown to Jean Valjean he will come across Fantine again in the most desperate of circumstances where he agrees to take care of her daughter Cosette.
Les Miserables the Musical opened on Broadway in March 1987 and became the fourth longest-running show in theatre history and went on to win eight Tony® Awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score. In 1985, Les Miserables was nominated for three Laurence Olivier Awards where it won one for Best Actress In A Musical and was awarded to Patti LuPone. In 2012, the show won another Olivier Award, this time the Audience Award for Most Popular Show.
Although containing many unhappy themes, the musical Les Misérables is ultimately a story representing the power of the human spirit and takes the audience on a journey of broken dreams and unrequited love leading to redemption and paying the ultimate sacrifice for the ones you care for the most.
London theatre breaks to see Les Miserables start from only £149 per person and each package includes: return coach travel (except for self-drive), overnight accommodation in a quality hotel, hotel-to-venue transfers, free time in London plus Les Miserables theatre tickets with the option to upgrade to better seats.